Gill R&D personnel protection military detector

May 14, 2014

gill-rd-application-story-1.jpgGill R&D was commissioned to design a militarised, handheld and battery operated detector system, under an Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) by a branch of Government.

The Challenge

The need was for an innovative detector system to be developed from scratch within a compressed timescale. The detector had to meet stringent operational, ergonomic and environmental standards, suitable for use in hazardous and challenging locations, where dependable and consistent outputs are combined with exceptional mechanical durability.

The Results

Working in close collaboration with specialists from the customer, the detector system was created and developed with a series of functional prototypes. These verified the operational effectiveness, and refined the user interface and construction detailing to ensure the design specification was met. This included feedback from end users in an operational setting.

The final pre-production prototypes were in addition subjected to extensive mechanical, environmental, EMC and HFI testing prior to receiving acceptance from the customer for deployment.

The complete project was delivered on time and to the agreed budget.

Project results and benefits

  • Creation of a new detector concept to stringent performance requirements
  • Close collaboration with customer and end users to optimise performance and user interface
  • Project completed and delivered on-time and on-budget
  • Delivery of product providing a new level of detection performance
  • Effectiveness generated additional demand beyond the original customer
  • Establishment of new ISO9001 and GQAR manufacturing facility to meet enlarged demand

Phases of working with the customer

  • Requirements capture
  • Accelerated design to prototype stages
  • Refinement of operational and mechanical design
  • Comprehensive user testing in operational setting
  • Extensive compliance and field testing
  • Small volume manufacture
  • Full manufacturing set-up of new factory to produce larger volumes



Do you have a new development requirement?

We have extensive experience taking projects through all phases of development, in rapid timeframes.


Tel: +44 (0)1590 613400








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